Then down the thousand feet into the Eagle Eyrie area (GR 4978480) - unpleasant scree and hot. My hypothetical ascent route over the unnamed pass to the S of Curtis Peak (GR 497825) looked slabby and dubious from below; it also required us to ascend an extra 500' and we had little idea what the W side held, so we continued to side-hill along the slopes to the W and above Tokumm Creek. But since it was several km to the drainage from Misko Pass (GR 517798), we eventually dropped down into the valley where we found a remnant trail on the E side; we would have saved considerable time had we followed this trail in the first place. By 6:30pm we were within a km of the outflow from the pass, but it was getting late and so we stopped in a small meadow to camp. Despite sitting on a wasps' nest (we retreated quickly!), we had a good supper, and to bed by 9:00pm.
The morning was quite cold, perhaps because of the depth of the valley and the 'air-conditioning' of the stream - there was an inch of solid ice in the bottom of one of the pots. We breakfasted and were off down the creek along the trail until nearly opposite the outflow; we crossed the stream on logs, and then it was a serious, unpleasant, slow, and steep bushwhack for over a thousand feet at which point we... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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